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Date: 22 and 23 AugustLocation: DarwinVenue: Darwin High SchoolTime: 22/8 – 10am – 12.00pm23/8 – 8:00am – 9:30am. ACTNT Hearing impairments currently affect one in five Australians with that number expected to increase in coming years.The commitment by TFA to those who may describe themselves as deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired or a cochlear implantee, is another example of how the sport aims to improve the inclusiveness and experience for participants in the sport. As well as creating an environment where persons with a hearing impairment feel comfortable participating and be a part of the Touch Football community.Against this backdrop, Touch Football Australia (TFA) also announced this week the re-signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Deaf Sports Australia (DSA).The purpose of the MOU is to increase the number of participants who are deaf or hard of hearing in Touch Football, through: community based initiatives; the creation of specific material for hearing impaired persons; as well as the identification of development pathways in Touch Football.For further information, please visit www.touchfootball.com.au or www.deafsports.org.au.Head down to the above venues and witness first-hand something you don’t see every-day: a completely silent Touch Football match with all participants wearing ear muffs and no verbal communication allowed. Date: 24 August, 2017Location: CanberraVenue: Reconciliation Park, Parkes ACTTime: 12.00am – 2.00pm TFA is again proud to support Hearing Awareness Week with a focus on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it. Hearing Awareness Week (20-26 August) aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.The first community initiative for TFA and Deaf Sports Australia in 2017 is the annual Silent Sports Challenge. The event this year will be held across two key locations, Canberra and Darwin; both centres will host Touch Football events to raise awareness of inclusion and encourage a place on the touch football field for everyone, as follows.
Kane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Allardyce: Why would Pochettino quit Spurs for Man Utd?by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton, Everton and England boss Sam Allardyce has questioned why Mauricio Pochettino would leave Tottenham for Manchester United.With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in danger of losing his job at United, several reporters have linked Pochettino to the top job at Old Trafford.Given the poor form of Tottenham, it is possible that a Pochettino exit could happen in the winter or summer.But Allardyce believes the Argentine coach would be better off staying put because Spurs have a superior squad to United.Metro quote “Big Sam” as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
outbackEach bowl week, before teams engage in fierce competition on the field, they sometimes participate in friendly competition off it. Such was the case with Tennessee and Northwestern tonight. The two teams are in Tampa for the Outback Bowl, and both squads made it out to Splitsville for some pool and bowling. Who are you rooting for in tonight’s bowling competition, @Vol_Football or @NUFBFamily?? pic.twitter.com/Vt0x6cDGAq— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015The game is heating up! #FootballInParadise pic.twitter.com/9TVFg62XAW— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 28, 2015. @NUFBFamily is in full swing pic.twitter.com/99hVZNvJBr— Outback Bowl (@outbackbowl) December 27, 2015Looks like a good time is being had by all. We don’t think the players will be as friendly on the field as they were on the lanes though.
Los Angeles: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have said that it was a “community decision” to bring the curtains down on their hit show “Supernatural”. The series, which will culminate with its 15th season, features the two actors as the Winchester brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Speaking at the “Supernatural” convention in Las Vegas, Padalecki said, “This was a community decision”. He further said that there was never any pressure from The CW network and the studio to wrap up show, reported Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Ackles added that the show’s end was debated for months by both the cast and the crew. “Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. “Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other’,” he said. The final season will consist of 20 episodes. The show is executive produced by Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Brad Buckner. It is produced by Warner Bros Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Casablanca- Two officials at the Angolan Embassy in the United States, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, denied yesterday that their country had banned Islam and dismantled mosques, according to International Business Times.The first official who denied the ban argued that his country distances itself from interference in religious matters when he said that the Southwest African republic is “a country that does not interfere in religion.”He further bragged about the country’s religious diversity, stating that there is freedom of religion in Angola. He went on to explain that his country hosts followers of distinct religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.The second official at the same Embassy doubted the credibility of reports regarding Angola’s ban of Islam.“We’re reading about it just like you on the Internet. We don’t have any notice that what you’re reading on the Internet is true,” the official was quoted by the International Business Times as saying.Both officials did not want to be identified.Numerous news outlet, including MWN, reported on the alleged ban of Islam based on alleged statement of Angolan officials. “This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos was quoted by Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper as saying.The Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz was quoted by the Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune as saying that, “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice.”According to IBTimes, the officials at the Angolan Embassy in Washington could not attest to the veracity of the comments attributed to the president and minister of culture. According to the same source, initial reports about Angola’s dismantling of mosques used a picture that allegedly depicts the minaret of an Angolan mosque being destroyed in October 2012. Yet a close examination shows that the same photo was posted on January23, 2008 by the Housing & Land Rights Network to depict the destruction of Bedouin homes in Israel, which reinforces the hypothesis that the reports on the ban of Islam in Angola are inaccurate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed
Metcalf became an overnight internet sensation during February’s combine with his comic-book physique and blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash — a ridiculous amount of speed for a 228-pound man. He then turned right around and disappointed athletic measurable aficionados by posting a sluggish 7.38 seconds in the three-cone drill. Brown was not slow, running a 4.49 in the 40 at 226 pounds, but he appears to have stabilized at a level well below his teammate, and it’s unclear why. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Brown caught 1,320 receiving yards on 435 routes at Ole Miss in 2018, good for 3.03 yards per route run. Metcalf, hampered by injury, caught just 569 yards on 197 routes at 2.88 yards per route run, well under the efficiency set by Brown. Combine speed only weakly correlates to actual game speed, so it’s curious that a player like Metcalf would be selected over his more productive peer. Again, it might just be based on D.K.’s shirtless photo, suggesting this could be one the mock drafters get wrong. On Thursday, we’ll discover just how accurate these expert and amateur mock drafts are. If 2018 is any indication, mock drafters will probably correctly identify the majority of the players selected in the first round but completely whiff on the exact order and the actual team to select a player, which is probably for the best. Between last-minute trades and out-of-left-field picks, it’s more entertaining when we don’t know everything going in.From ABC News: Williams, a defensive tackle, finished eighth in the Heisman voting in 2018 and closed out the year at Alabama with 10 sacks and 55 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Williams also ranked first in the nation in run-stopping rate with 14.2 percent, showcasing his versatility. Meanwhile, Josh Allen (not to be confused with Bills QB Josh Allen, who can hit a goal post 50 yards away from his knees) creates pressure from the outside — pressure that Eric Eager and George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus have shown to be more valuable in generating negative expected points for the opposing offense than interior pressure. Allen’s pass-rush productivity — the share of pass plays in which the defender applied pressure on the opposing QB — led the nation at 15.2 percent. The success of Rams interior lineman Aaron Donald seems to suggest that teams might hope for similar returns from Williams, but a sharp team will focus on creating as much outside pressure as possible by choosing Allen.The Iowa tight endsOne set of players moving up mock draft boards not only play the same position, but they were also college teammates. Tight ends Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson of Iowa are both mocked to go in the middle of the first round, and they’re also the only two TEs likely to be called in Round 1. But while Fant’s mock draft graph shows a flat overall trend, Hockenson’s draft stock has surged since the combine in February. On average, he’s now surpassed his Hawkeye cohort in projected draft position. The NFL draft is a spectacle. Last year, the draft averaged more viewers than the previous year’s Stanley Cup Final. Social media and fan interest have exploded with a thirst for draft information, and media outlets have sprung up to cater to those fans with a bevy of mock drafts conducted by analysts and armchair handicappers.There are even sites dedicated to tracking the predictions of mock drafters so that consumers of draft information can properly judge who is most reliable. Last year’s top forecaster, NFL analyst Evan Silva, identified 28 out of 32 players selected in the first round and also correctly predicted the team that would select 10 of those players. That 31 percent hit rate on pairing a drafted player with a team may not seem impressive, but it was good enough to place Silva at the top of the 2018 rankings and vault him to 16th over the past five years.“You should be able to pick 26 of the 32 first-round picks rolling out of bed,” Silva said. “The hard part is matching teams to players. I’m continually surprised each year. Teams don’t act like I expect.”Despite that uncertainty, the mock drafters can give us a pretty good sense of the names Roger Goodell will call on Thursday night. Perhaps even more interesting, we can use this data to explore the player trends as the draft process has progressed. The actual draft may be one weekend in April, but draft prognosticating is a year-round affair. Mock drafts from last June hardly resemble the ones on the eve of the draft, as the stock prices of college players are constantly ticking up and down based on a host of reasons — performance, health, eligibility and results from the scouting combine.Using data from Benjamin Robinson, who has curated close to 2,000 mock drafts from expert, media and fan sources from April 2018 to present, here are some of the most interesting fluctuations over the past few months — along with some of our own analysis mixed in. After all, it’s the draft, so we are all experts.The pass rushersPass rusher may be the position most stocked with top-end talent in this year’s draft. If Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray isn’t the first overall selection, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa will likely be called. But two other promising defensive standouts, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, are expected to be off the board by the 10th pick. Both players wreaked havoc on the SEC in 2018, and the evolution of each player’s draft value has mirrored the other’s. While Bosa has been a fixture atop draft boards all year, Allen and Williams have each steadily climbed from a late first-round position. The mock drafters probably have the ordering right: Hockenson had 760 receiving yards — 25.8 percent of Iowa’s team total, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — while Fant gained 519 yards for a 17.6 percent share. Hockenson is the better blocker of the two TEs and also ran 340 routes to Fant’s 242. But it wasn’t just volume that drove Hock’s numbers: He was also slightly more efficient on a per route basis, gaining 2.24 yards per route run vs. 2.14 for Fant. Hockensen was deployed further downfield than Fant as well, earning an average depth of target of 9.2 yards — nearly half a yard better than Fant. And despite the deeper routes, Hockenson still managed a higher catch rate.149 catches on 66 targets for Hockenson, 39 catches on 61 targets for Fant.The Ole Miss receiversOddly, another pair of teammates that play the same position are also vying for a first-round selection. The fortunes of Ole Miss wide receivers A.J Brown and D.K. Metcalf have flipped since the start of the draft process. Last July, A.J. Brown was considered a high first-round pick, but he has since seen his draft stack plummet to the bottom of the first round.
Reports suggest Chelsea talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi should play regular first-team football and may have to move abroad to grab more great opportunities.However, Hudson-Odoi knows that the decision to play lies on the coach.“Every opportunity I get I’ll keep striving and keep working hard, especially in training because that proves everything,” he said as reported by Goal.“The 90 minutes today boosted my confidence really. Hopefully, more opportunities will come.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m always eager to play but it’s always the coach’s decision as well so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep proving myself and working hard and hopefully I keep getting the opportunities to play.”Talking about his first goal for the club, Hudson-Odoi continued:“I think I’ll celebrate it with all of my family really. They’ve always been there from the start and helped me all the way so I’ll definitely celebrate with them and have a good time and get back at it tomorrow.”
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – An El Cajon man who had given up all hope of finding his dog again has been reunited with his stolen pet.Tom Huffman’s dog, Topper, disappeared from a shopping center in El Cajon, while under a friend’s care last May. Huffman said he suspected another man, a mutual acquaintance stole the dog, and fled with him to Mexico. Huffman said he was resigned to losing the dog forever, when he received an unexpected phone call from someone in Missouri two weeks ago. Topper had been located when a police officer, trying to arrest a homeless woman in Kansas City, Missouri encountered the dog, who tried to nip the officer in the knee. Fortunately, Topper had a microchip which provided the information to locate Huffman in California. From there, a network of volunteers jumped in, to bring Topper home. More than a dozen volunteers took turns, each driving 200 mile segments across six states, taking the dog through MIssouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and finally, Arizona. From Phoenix, the dog was put on a plane to Riverside County, where a final set of drivers brought Topper back to Huffman’s home in El Cajon on Sunday afternoon. Huffman called it “a miracle.” HIs mother, Roderica praised the network of volunteers. “There’s a lot of people with great hearts. The time and the effort it took to coordinate all of this, it boggles my mind,” Huffman said. August 27, 2018 Sasha Foo Posted: August 27, 2018 Sasha Foo, Against all odds, Topper is back home Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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Colorware Editor’s note: Apple has unveiled a refreshed version of the AirPods with a new H1 chip and a wireless charging option that costs extra. Read the AirPods 2019 review.If you’re in the market for Apple’s AirPods — or another pair of truly wireless headphones — you may want to wait a bit. Apple’s is expected to release a new set of AirPods, mostly like called the AirPods 2, this year and possibly as soon as March 25, when it’s scheduled to host a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino campus.Word is the company will use the event to unveil a host of new digital services — including, possibly, a new TV streaming service and an updated version of Apple News that builds on its recent acquisition of Texture. But there’s always a chance it could sneak in some hardware announcements — like new iPads and those much-anticipated AirPods 2.Here’s a quick roundup of all the latest AirPods 2 chatter. To be clear, all these rumors are unconfirmed and Apple doesn’t respond to questions about unannounced products, so take this all with a grain of salt.Read more: Best fully wireless headphonesRumored design updatesNew colors: Some sites are claiming that the AirPods 2 will come in black and possibly other colors. Aside from that, the AirPods 2 will allegedly look nearly identical to the original AirPods.New grippier finish: The new buds could have a new soft-touch coating with a subtle grip to it that helps the AirPods 2 stay in people’s ears more securely (see posts by MySmartPrice, Economic Daily News). This would be a key and welcome upgrade that seems too good to be true.Rumored feature updates (likely)Always-on voice-control: No need to double tap on a bud, just say “Hey, Siri” to activate Siri. There’s consensus among Apple watchers that this feature will be added and 9to5Mac recently discovered that iOS 12.2 includes ‘Hey Siri’ setup interface for the rumored AirPods 2.Wireless charging: The long-awaited and already announced AirPods wireless charging case will almost assuredly be included with the AirPods 2 — possibly alongside the long-delayed AirPower charger.Upgraded Bluetooth connectivity: As a report from Bloomberg suggested last year, Apple is expected to upgrade the new AirPods with a new W2 chip with Bluetooth 5.0 support. The current AirPods support Bluetooth 4.2. Improved bass performance: Tweaks to the AirPods’ internal design will supposedly improve the bass (see MySmartPrice post). The lack of bass is a weakness with the current AirPods, so it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to have engineered the next AirPods to sound a little better.Better battery life: Some have suggested the wireless chip upgrades could mean the AirPods will be come more energy efficient and be able to eke out more battery life. I wouldn’t expect a big bump, but an extra hour or so would seem doable.Improved water-resistance: That same Bloomberg report said Apple was looking to make the new AirPods more water-resistant. Apple doesn’t state exactly how water-resistant the current AirPods are, but plenty of people run with them (and sweat on them) without a problem already. Enlarge ImageThis accessory helps not only helps keep the current AirPods in your ears but it improves the AirPods bass performance. David Carnoy/CNET Rumored feature updates (less likely)”Wellness” monitoring: It’s unclear just what these monitoring features might end up being — or what sensors Apple might add — but this rumor has been making the rounds ever since Apple was granted a patent in July of 2017 for future AirPods biometric sensors. The Jabra Elite Active 65t has a motion sensor for tracking fitness performance, but Apple’s biometric patents appear to be more sophisticated. Noise control: One of the AirPod’s downsides is that their open design allows a lot of sound to leak in from the outside world, which has a major impact on sound quality in noisy environments. That aforementioned Bloomberg report from last year also hinted the next-generation AirPods could feature some sort of noise-cancelling element. Now there’s talk of this feature appearing in the third-gen AirPods, which would also include better water-resistance and perhaps those biometric sensors. That model would potentially be larger and wouldn’t come out till 2020, according to speculation from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Rumored pricingMySmartPrice, which doesn’t have the greatest track record with rumors, reported that the AirPods 2 would cost more — around $200.However, others suggest the AirPods 2 will costs $160 — or the same as the original AirPods. I personally think the price will remain the same. With all the new true wireless competitors out there, it would be a mistake for Apple to raise the price. Latest AirPods 2 news and rumorsMarch 14: Taiwan-based Digitimes, which keeps tabs on companies that make components for Apple products, claims the AirPods 2 are set for mass production and will be unveiled at Apple’s March 25 event, according to its sources. Digitimes has been wrong in the past.Feb. 12: Popular tech leaker @OnLeaks says that the AirPods 2 will launch this fall and come in new colors, according to a “new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source.” @OnLeaks predicts that Apple will launch the new AirPods wireless charging case “soon” but that it will ship with current AirPods, not upcoming AirPods 2. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors
The BNP has described Wednesday’s meeting of the prime minister, the law minister and the attorney general with president Abdul Hamid on the Supreme Court’s verdict annulling 16th amendment to the constitution as an ‘unprecedented incident’, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Thursday condemned and protest at the ‘incident’ of this meeting between the heads of the state and the government.Addressing a discussion, the BNP leader accused the Awami League government of indulging in anti-state activities by openly taking a stance against the judiciary and chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.“The prime minister together with the law minister and the attorney general met the president yesterday (Wednesday), and discussed the Supreme Court’s verdict that cancelled the 16th amendment to the constitution. This meeting has made the entire nation deeply worried. Such a meeting can’t be held, it is an unprecedented matter,” he said.Fakhrul added, “They’ve met the president taking an opposite stance against the Supreme Court verdict. We strongly condemn and protest the incident.”Barrister Salam Talukder Smrity Sangsad organised the programme at Jatiya Press Club, marking the 18th death anniversary of BNP’s former secretary general Abdus Salam Talukder.The BNP secretary general alleged that the government is hatching a plot to snatch the independence of the judiciary.He said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader met the chief justice at his residence earlier and took dinner there after the verdict, while “ministers are passing offensive remarks about the chief justice. What the ruling party junior leaders are saying about the apex court and the chief justice can’t be allowed in a democratic system.”The BNP, Fakhrul said, fears that the government has taken a new plot to completely destroy democracy and the independence of the judiciary. “We call upon the government to put up a strong resistance against such a move.”He urged all the political parties, democratic institutions and civil society members to come forward to protect the country, its constitution and democracy. “We all must get united to defeat the evil and undemocratic forces.”Fakhrul said though the ruling party leaders often file sedition cases against BNP leaders and activists over trivial matters, Awami League leaders are openly indulging in anti-state activities.“You’re working against the country and destroying the constitution. You shall be brought to the court of people today or tomorrow, and punished for all of your anti-state activities.”He also came down hard on law commission chairman and ex-chief justice ABM Khairul Haque for holding a press conference against the Supreme Court verdict violating his service rule.Fakhrul also alleged that Haque committed a judicial offence by changing the verdict on the 13th amendment to the constitution after going to retirement. “He should be put on trial.”He recalled the political life of Salam Talukder and his contributions towards making BNP a stronger political organisation.On 20 August in 1999, Salam Talukder died on the way to Singapore for medical treatment.
Two siblings drowned in a pond in Sharsha upazila of Jashore district on Friday morning.The deceased are Rezwan, 7, and his sister Maria, 6, son and daughter of a certain Kamarul Islam of Sikarpur village in the upazila reports UNB.Gorpara police camp sub-inspector Sheikh Lutfar Rahman said the two went to a local pond for taking bath in the morning and drowned.Locals spotted the bodies floating on the water and recovered them, he added.After taking those to the Upazila Health Complex, the on-duty doctors declared them dead.
Noted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud addresses the inaigural session of a two-day convention on the excluded communities in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday. — Photo: CollectedA convention of the excluded people in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday called for identifying unique problems of the marginalised communities with a view to bringing them to the mainstream.“Marginalised people are poor but the nature of their problems is not the same. So, they cannot be brought under mainstream development activities by taking only one project,” economist Wahiduddin Mahmud told the inaugural ceremony of the conference.He pointed out that the country’s 3-4 per cent people are excluded from the development process and without giving them fruits of development, it is not possible to attain overall national development goals.Wahiduddin Mahmud, a former finance adviser to the 1996 caretaker government, added that it is the responsibility of the government to take meaningful initiatives to ensure protection and development of the marginalised communities.More than 300 people of 60 communities have joined the convention and cultural festival that focussed on their lifestyle, standard of living, social crisis and cultural practices, according to a news release received in Dhaka.Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra organised the two-day convention titled ‘Social, Economic, and Political Protection of Marginalised and Excluded Communities’.PPARC executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said the convention is aimed at making policy recommendations so that the government can take necessary steps to improve the situation. “We want to help create such an atmosphere,” he said.Vice chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Farid Uddin Ahmed criticised the practice of keeping marginalised groups such as tea workers poor for the sake of an industry.“We all have to work together to take the society forward and uphold the spirit of humanity,” he added.SEHD’s Phillip Gain presented the keynote at the convention which was also addressed by writer Harishanker Jaladas, former director general of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics Abdul Wazed, and deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar Tafael Islam.
Priya Saha raises allegations of minority repression in Bangladesh during a meeting with US president Donald Trump. Photo: Collected.Two sedition pleas filed here against Priya Saha, who raised allegations of minority repression in Bangladesh during a meeting with US president Donald Trump, were dismissed hours after filing of those on Sunday, reports UNB.Lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Ibrahim Khalil filed the pleas with separate magistrate courts on Sunday morning which were dismissed in the afternoon as it requires permission from the ministry of home affairs.Meanwhile, Khulna district Awami League general secretary Md Kamruzzaman Jamal and Modon Kumar Saha moved the court seeking permission to file sedition cases against her.Khulna metropolitan magistrate Md Amirul Islam listened to them and said the sedition complaints have been kept for hearing as it needs permission from the home ministry.Priya Saha complained to Trump that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from Bangladesh and that her home was torched and her land grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists.Bangladesh strongly condemned the allegations. The government on Saturday said there appears to be an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha’s false and concocted stories aimed at maligning Bangladesh.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 7If your commute this morning was a slow crawl down the freeway, Louis Jullien probably beat you to the office.“I like to tell people it’s six minutes from door to desk,” says Jullien. “So it’s a brisk commute.”Jullien lives out in west Houston in the Westchase District, in an apartment nestled between the steel and glass office towers.He works at the district’s office near Richmond and Beltway 8. And he gets there on foot.“So I kind of cut through these two tall buildings over here,” Jullien explains. “You’ve got NOV Tower and then there’s 10333 Richmond over there. And I kind of cut through the back.”According to a recent survey, Jullien is part of a tiny minority. The Westchase District has over 30,000 residents, but only about 1 percent walk to work.That’s compared to over 80 percent of the district’s workers who drive by themselves, like most commuters in Houston. And that’s a lot of vehicles. Over 88,000 people work in the district.But what do the numbers say about bike commuting in Westchase? Even fewer people do that, less than 1 percent.We spoke with Blair Johnson, a health and wellness consultant who lives in a neighborhood just off Wilcrest. She’s an enthusiastic cyclist but she says she prefers to drive her bike to a trail, rather than get out on the streets.“I am a nervous Nellie. I am the one that rides with all the protection, the hat and all that,” says Johnson. “I get out there and I get very nervous, because the cars are too close and the condition of the road.”So in a bustling business district that was built for cars, how do you get people to try something else? The Westchase District is proposing a long list of ideas in its new Bike/Pedestrian plan.To see what’s happening right now in Westchase, we hop in the car with Irma Sanchez. She’s the district’s Vice-President of Projects.Our destination is the new Brays Bayou Connector Trail, a route that links the current Library Loop Trail with the Brays Bayou Trail. The connector runs a couple of miles along a drainage easement and it also allows access to Metro’s Westchase Park and Ride.The new trail is expected to open later this spring. The cost was about $4 million, with much of the money coming from the Federal Transit Administration.Walkers and cyclists can stay on the trail for the entire distance. It also includes several underpasses, so cyclists won’t have to cross streets.And Sanchez agrees that’s the only way a lot of people are going to get on a bike.“The majority of our community, and I think Houston overall, they’re not quite ready yet to be riding their bicycles with traffic,” says Sanchez. The overall goal for the Westchase District is to have about 40 miles of bike routes both on street and off. The plan also calls for things like new crosswalks and improved intersections. The long-term plan is expected to cost about $58 million with the money coming from various sources.Along with reducing congestion, Sanchez hopes the improvements will help lure younger residents to the district who don’t want to drive as much. “It, in essence, will have residential destinations closer to commercial and they’ll be able to commute by walking and taking the bus,” adds Sanchez. Back out in front of the office towers, pedestrian commuter Louis Jullien says it’s a day that can’t come soon enough.“So many people complain about the traffic in Houston,” remarks Jullien. “And I’m not one of those people fortunately.”The Westchase District will soon break ground on its next project. It’s a trail along a utility right-of-way, the first of its kind in Houston. Listen 00:00 /03:33 Share
A teen in the Third Ward will have to choose between twenty colleges this month. Lamar High School senior Micheal Brown, 17, has a full ride to each university where he applied.Brown said it was a slow build up of excitement as his acceptances started coming in last November through March. Brown will now begin visiting schools to decide which he will attend this fall. “I never imagined this would happen,” Brown said, “but I’m really happy about it.”Michael Brown celebrates his acceptance to Stanford. The 17-year-old from Houston, Texas, applied to 20 of the best universities in the US and was admitted to every single one with a full ride — and $260,000 in additional scholarship offers https://t.co/YZZdYtKOB5 pic.twitter.com/nIUB14cYjg— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2018Trisha Cornwell is the Executive Director of EMERGE, a program Brown was involved with, since the 10th grade. The group “empowers & prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation,” according to its mission statement.“We’re so excited for Micheal. He’s really a prime example of what happens when talent and preparation meet opportunity and access. And that’s what we do at EMERGE,” Cornwell told News 88.7.“Our real focus is ensuring the most talented students in Houston get the same opportunity and access as their wealthy peers from some of the most elite private schools in the city. My hope is that Micheal’s success inspires other students from his neighborhood, and neighborhoods like his across the city, to reach higher, and know they can apply to the most selective colleges across the country and get in,” Cornwell said.Brown said he has narrowed down his choices to Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt. He attributed his success to the mentors he’s had while growing up. “Especially looking forward, I think something that’s going to be important to me is like the simple idea of giving back to others the things that have been given to me,” Brown said.Brown wants to major in political science and become a lawyer or politician. He said he wants to help create change in his community, citing the election of President Barack Obama as highly influential. Share
Even though District of Columbia leaders and some residents expressed a cautious attitude towards Donald Trump’s victory, others unapologetically proclaimed their discontent for the next president of the United States.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she is willing to give President-Elect Trump the benefit of the doubt. (Courtesy Photo)Trump (R) was elected on Nov. 8 even though he did not get as many votes as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D). Nevertheless, District leaders and residents are prepared to move forward and deal with the reality of a Trump administration.“I have a wait and see attitude,” former D.C. Council member Sandy Allen, who represented Ward 8 from 1996-2005, told the AFRO. “People from all over the country spoke [on Election Day]. We have to really live and with and work with their choice.”While Trump managed to get more than 270 electoral votes, he did it without the help of the District. Clinton carried the District with 93 percent of the vote, winning all of the city’s eight wards and all of its precincts.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) worked hard to see Clinton get elected but said she is willing to work with the Trump administration. “I want to congratulate President-Elect Trump,” Bowser said on Nov. 9 at a news conference. “Many of our residents are anxious about his term in office and we will be studying his policies and programs.”The District of Columbia government participates in the inauguration of the president and Bowser said that Trump’s festivities will be no different.“I do intend to participate in the parade and we will be working with his presidential inauguration committee,” she said. “I also want the new president to know what we do in D.C.”D.C. Statehood Representative Franklin Garcia (D) said that he will work with the Trump administration, despite the sometimes hurtful tone of the billionaire during the campaign. “We are extending an olive branch to him,” Garcia told the AFRO.“We want to look at ways that we can reach common ground and try to negate the negative messages about immigrants and Latinos that he expressed during the campaign. We are cautiously optimistic that we can work with him.”Others, even though they will make the best of the situation, are still questioning how the Black community will fair.“Now, we must pick ourselves up, get back in the race on our terms, and rely on God Almighty for where we go from here,” E. Faye Williams, president of the National Coalition of Black Women said in a statement. “As Black people, we have been down before and we have worked together to find meaning for all that happens to us. Life has gone on because we are survivors.”Clinton’s loss to Trump also highlights an undertone of bias not only towards Blacks and other minorities but also towards women.“Now we face a period of uncertainty with a President-Elect who won his election that appears to have expanded the racial and gender divide in historic fashion,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. “This election has revealed the unfinished business of race in America and also showed that some women, especially White women, were not ready to elect the first woman president of the United States.”Eugene Puryear, a leader with the ANSWER Coalition, wants to make it clear to Trump that not everyone will be happy to see him take the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017.“Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017, to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day,” he said.Ward 8 resident Joshua Payne said he worries that Trump will face violent retaliation before or slightly after Inauguration Day.“I think he will be assassinated before he takes the Oath of Office or within the first 100 days of being in office. I don’t wish him dead, but I do wish him out of office, even before he gets in,” he told the AFRO.D.C. Editor LaTrina Antoine and Shantella Sherman contributed to this article.
The five-day Winter Theatre Festival that kicks off today in the Capital will see Rakesh Bedi, our very own Dilruba Uncle, will set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. Massage , a two-act play, is a monologue in which Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Unfortunately, he becomes the fourth assistant director of a filmmaker called Kolhi, who specialises in the snake and sex genre of cinema. With his sensitivity gone for a toss, he becomes worn-out and disillusioned and finally lands up in a ladies’ gym as an instructor. But here too, his days are numbered, but Happy learns the intricacies of Massage and becomes a famous masseur.He meets many other interesting characters during his journey. May it be the cunning lawyer, or the unworthy politician, or his funny PA Pandey, or the woman of his life, or the heroine, or the heroine’s mother who almost molests him, Rakesh Bedi plays 24 different characters deftly in his inimitable comic style in a span of two hours with a good dose of humor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore and Draupadi.“In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival.When: TodayWhere: Kamani AuditoriumTIME: 7 PM
She’s Mercedes, an initiative by Mercedes-Benz celebrated by Silver Arrows, intended to recognize successful women, share their journey and inspire others. A launch of the initiative took place in the Capital recently at the luxury auto retailer’s state-of-the-art showroom at the Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri.”She’s Mercedes is an initiative that celebrates the accomplishments of leading women across all fields for setting the bar high with passion and creativity,” said Tushar Kumar, MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, adding, “She’s Mercedes is a community of powerful, successful women who create change, inspire powerful dialogues, and drive the future through their lives and work. It is a platform to connect, converse, engage and empower women. A place where achievers meet achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event started on a high note with the Guest of Honour Harjinder Kaur, Business Woman and National Sr Vice President, FICCI FLO giving some inspiring and noteworthy advise on women’s economic empowerment. “From a small town girl to an accomplished businesswoman having won many accolades, I want women to be aware of their strengths, turn them into the profession and be economically empowered”.It was followed by a Panel Discussion, celebrating the passion, creativity, and accomplishments of women who have made it big against all odds. The topic, “Women Leaders and the Road to Success” and the dynamic panelists from diverse fields captivated the audience with their success stories. The panelists included Lalitha Kumar Mangalam, Member, BJP, Former Chief, NCW, Tisca Chopra, Actress, Dr Shayama Chona, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, Educationist and President, Tamana, Payal Jain, Fashion Designer, Lipika Sud, Director, Lipika Sud Interiors, President, The Guild of Designers and Artists, Arunima Kumar, Danseuse and Choreographer and Tahira Kochhar, Celebrity Nutritionist and Model. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlso, to salute their success, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows brought out a very special coffee table book, ‘WOW, Women of Wisdom’ highlighting the journey of some of these successful women.The evening saw over 100 influential women in the city. The special guests included Shovana Narayan, Pinky Anand (Additional Solicitor General of India), Sushma Seth, Sharon Lowen, Sonia Prashar (Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce), Ratan Kaul, and others.